June 27, 2016 - 1:29 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa– About a hundred round cornstalk bales were destroyed in a fire on Friday, June 24, 2016 near Rock Valley.
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According to Rock Valley Fire Chief Brent Eshuis, about 12:38 PM, the Rock Valley Fire Department was called to the report of a round bale fire on Danny Claussen’s place at 2831 Coolidge Avenue, five miles west and two and a half miles north of Rock Valley.

The chief says the fire department saw many round cornstalk bales on fire as they approached the scene. He says they used payloaders to break up the burning bales and extinguished them. He says the fire department cooled the payloaders with water so they wouldn’t start on fire while fighting the fire.

Eshuis says no injuries were reported

The fire department was assisted by the Inwood Fire Department, who brought in more water.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be a spark from a burning pile, but no official cause has been found.

Chief Eshuis reports that about 100 cornstalk bales were lost.

He says they used six to seven thousand gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about two and a half hours.

June 27, 2016 - 10:32 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa– An Orange City teen and her passenger were taken to the hospital after an accident in Sioux Center on Friday, June 24, 2016.
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The Sioux Center Police Department reports that about 5:01 PM, 34-year-old Joseph Stephenson of Yankton was driving a 2000 Buick southbound on Highway 75, near the Pizza Hut corner in Sioux Center. They report that 19-year-old Kayla Hoogland of Orange City was westbound on 20th Street Southeast in a 2005 Dodge minivan.

The report says that Hoogland was stopped for the Highway 75 stop sign, and the proceeded westbound through the intersection and failed to yield to the Stephenson vehicle. It says Stephenson attempted to take evasive action to the right but the front left of the vehicle made contact with the front right of the Hoogland vehicle.

The Sioux Center Ambulance took Hoogland and a passenger in her vehicle, Sara Van Peursem, to the Sioux Center Health Hospital.

Stephenson’s Buick sustained $1300 in damages, and Hoogland’s Dodge minivan sustained $2000 in damages. The damages were enough to total both vehicles.

Hoogland was charged with failure to yield upon entering through highway and no proof of insurance.

June 27, 2016 - 10:03 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center PD Charger Door Logo Only -- brighterSioux Center, Iowa — Four Sioux Center residents were injured in an accident in Sioux Center on Wednesday, June 22nd.

The Sioux Center Police Department reports that at about 12:23 pm on Wednesday, 28-year-old Imelda Morales-Ramos of Sioux Center was driving a 2004 Toyota Corolla westbound on 2nd Street Northeast in Sioux Center. Thirty-five-year-old Tiffany Govig of Sioux Center was driving a 2008 Chevy van southbound on Highway 75. According to the report, Morales-Ramos failed to yield when crossing Highway 75 and collided into the side of Govig.

The Toyota received $6000 damage and the Chevy received $8000 damage.

Morales-Ramos, a 5-year-old passenger, Brenda Morales-Ramos, and 4-year-old Roxana Morales-Ramos received minor injuries along with Govig, but were not transported to any hospital.

Two Sioux Center women’s vehicles were damaged after they backed into each other on Saturday, June 25th.

The Sioux Center Police Department reports that at about 5:10 pm on Saturday, 32-year-old Blanca Vargas Cazares of Sioux Center was backing a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer onto 7th Street Northwest in Sioux Center. Forty-one-year-old Tami Pollema of Sioux Center was backing up a 2002 Pontiac Montana onto 7th Street Northwest, across the street from Vargas Cazares. According to the report, both vehicles struck rear to rear. The report continues that Vargas Cazares claimed to have been established on the roadway first and that Pollema backed into her. Pollema claimed to have looked prior to backing and did not see anyone.

The Trailblazer and Montana each received $2000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

A Sioux Center man struck a culvert and ended up in a creek in Sioux Center on Sunday, June 26th.

The Sioux Center Police Department reports that at about 8:00 am on Sunday, 28-year-old Eric Beaver of Sioux Center was driving a 2000 Chevrolet K1500 northbound on 7th Avenue Northwest. According to the report, at around 4:00 am, Beaver’s dog jumped onto the steering wheel, and caused him to lose control of the pickup, causing it to driving straight off the roadway, strike a metal culvert, and go about 50 feet into a creek.

The Chevrolet received $3500 damage.

No injuries were reported.


June 27, 2016 - 9:21 am - Posted in News

OC PD Orange City PoliceOrange City, Iowa — An Orange City man struck a parked car in Orange City on Friday, June 24th.

The Orange City Police Department reports that at about 11:33 pm on Friday, 18-year-old Carter Foughty of Orange City was driving a 2006 Hyundai sedan southbound on Central Avenue in Orange City. According to the report, Foughty was driving with his knee and looked at his cell phone to check the time. Foughty crossed the center line and struck a 2004 Buick Rendezvous that was legally parked on the east side of Central Avenue.

The Hyundai and Buick each received $3500 damage;

June 23, 2016 - 2:51 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — With the summer season officially underway, produce is starting to pop up in area gardens and will soon become much more abundant. If you’d like to safely preserve some of that peak of the season freshness, there’s a guide to food preservation coming up in Orange City.
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Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach and the Orange City Public Library are offering the free program, which will benefit both beginning and experienced food preservers. Food Preservation 101 will be held Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Orange City Public Library.

Renee Sweers, program presenter and human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness with ISU Extension and Outreach says that canning, drying and preserving food is an old art that is making a comeback. She says it’s all part of the trend to know where your food comes from, what is in it, and to eat fresh, local foods. She says it’s also a wonderful way to extend the taste and nutrition of the garden throughout the whole year.

She says that even if you know how to do canning, freezing, and other techniques, it may be a good idea to attend, because some recommendations have changed. She says her experience is that people are often surprised when they hear the most current recommendations.

Sweers says they’ll talk the most about canning, since that’s where the majority of food safety issues occur, however it’s not limited to canning.

She says these days many people get their information from others or from social media. While sometimes the information is good, sometimes it’s not, and that’s why she encourages people to attend this program.

There is no charge for the program, but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register, call the Orange City Public Library at 712-707-4302.

June 23, 2016 - 1:29 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa —  Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach – Sioux County, in collaboration with the Sioux County Geocaching Club and Sioux County Soil and Water Conservation Board, invite area residents to take part in a CITO (Cache In Trash Out) Geocaching event on Saturday, June 25, 2016.
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Cheryl Buntsma, founder of the Sioux County Geocaching Club, said she has been geocaching since the inception of the hobby in 2000, and she tells us what geocaching is.

Buntsma says you can take your own cache along with you and then if you want, you can leave your cache and take one of the caches at that spot — basically make a trade. She says you need to sign the log at the location to prove you were there.

She says that a pre-event workshop will be hosted at 8:00 AM for those who are new to geocaching or those who simply need to brush up on their skills.

She says since the hobby was started on older handheld GPS units, they like to teach people how to use them before they get started using the smartphone app.

Boy Scouts who attend this workshop will be able to work on attaining their geocaching merit badge. The actual CITO Geocaching event will begin at the Orange City Pool House Shelter at 9:30 AM The event will culminate with a potluck luncheon at 12:30 PM.

The location of approximately 25 new caches will be released during the CITO Geocaching event, and those attending will receive the location of the new caches in the area.

Buntsma says that transportation and appropriate clothing for being in the woods are highly recommended, and any participants under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. There will be GPS units available to borrow for the day; however, participants will need to bring a form of identification in order to borrow one.

All participants are encouraged to bring a food item to share at the potluck luncheon.

The event is made possible through a Sioux County Conservation mini grant.

Pre-registration for the event is required. Register on http://www.geocaching.com GC Code: GC6H4N2 or https://form.jotform.com/61225801249956. For more information, contact the Sioux County Extension Office at 712-737-4230 or hlbrown@iastate.edu.

June 22, 2016 - 3:35 pm - Posted in News

Maurice, Iowa — Two people from Orange City and one from Viborg, SD were taken to hospitals after an accident on Tuesday afternoon at the “Million Dollar Corner.”
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that 78-year-old Jimmy Schwiesow of Orange City was driving a 2016 Ford Fusion eastbound Highway 10. The report says he stopped for the stop sign at Highway 75, two miles north of Maurice. The report says 29-year-old Alexander Koltze of Viborg, SD was driving a 1999 Ford F‐150 pickup northbound on Highway 75. It says Schwiesow drove eastbound into the intersection and struck Koltze.

The Orange City Ambulance took Schwiesow and a passenger, 81-year-old Ingrid Schwiesow of Orange City to the Orange City Health System Hospital. The Sioux Center Ambulance crew took Koltze to the Sioux Center Health Hospital.

According to the deputy’s report, the Fusion sustained about $20,000 in damage. The F‐150 sustained an estimated $3,000 in damage.

Schwiesow was cited on a charge of failure to yield from a stop sign.

The Sheriff’s Office reports the Maurice Fire Department, Maurice Rescue squad, the Orange City Ambulance crew,
the Sioux Center Ambulance crew and Sioux Center Police Department assisted them.

sioux sheriff emblem side of carRock Valley, Iowa — A Sioux Falls woman was taken to the hospital after rolling her truck west of Rock Valley Saturday afternoon.

Sioux County authorities say the accident happened shortly after noon Saturday, when a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by 24-year old Brooke Lowin of Sioux Falls, was eastbound on Highway 18, two miles west of Rock Valley.  Lowin told deputies she swerved to avoid striking a dead animal on the roadway, and lost control of her pickup, which then entered the south ditch and rolled.

Lowin was transported to Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley for treatment of her injuries.

Deputies estimated the damage to Lowin’s truck at about $6,000.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Rock Valley Fire Department, Rock Valley Ambulance, and Rock Valley Police Department.

June 21, 2016 - 2:32 am - Posted in News

AccidentGeneric 2Hospers, Iowa — A pair of area teenagers were taken to the hospital following a 2-vehicle crash near Hospers Saturday (June 18th) afternoon.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened shortly before 4:00 pm Saturday at the intersection of Highway 60 and Log Avenue, a mile southeast of Hospers.  Deputies say 75-year old Donald Klein, of Marion, Iowa, was driving a 2005 Toyota Avalon westbound on Log Avenue and pulled onto Highway 60, into the path of a northbound 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by 17-year old Austin De Boer of Orange City.

De Boer and a passenger, 18-year old Kristi Renken of Sheldon, were transported by Hospers Ambulance to Sanford Sheldon Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

De Boer’s Chevy pickup, and Klein’s Toyota each received an estimated $10,000 damage.

Deputies say Klein was cited for failing to yield from a stop sign.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hospers Fire Department, Hospers Ambulance, and Iowa State Patrol.

Northwest Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is making tracks across the state, and will be in northwest Iowa soon.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

The governor’s public schedule says he will be in northwest Iowa on Wednesday (June 22, 2016) and Thursday of this week.

It says he’ll be in Merrill on Wednesday at 2:30 PM to tour Plymouth Energy’s Ethanol Production facility. Then it’s on to Maurice, where the governor will make an appearance at the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance’s June Dairy Month Open House at the Maassen Dairy on Hickory Avenue at 4 PM. At 5 PM, Branstad will visit the new Rock Rapids daycare facility, Kids Club at 304 South Lincoln Street.

The governor’s Thursday schedule has him starting out at the new Osceola Electric Coop Solar Farm near Hawkeye Point on Highway 60 north of Sibley. The governor will tour Sterler Community Solar Park at the corner of Highway 60 and 130th Street at 8 AM. Then it’s on to Sheldon, where Governor Branstad will tour White Wolf Web’s offset and digital printing center at 9:30 AM. At 12:05 PM, he’ll tour The Blooming House in Cherokee; and at 1:30 PM, Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will speak at the Governor’s Volunteer Award recognition ceremony at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.